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Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Bush is not my neighbor

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, January 14, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Christians for Dean has a remarkable defense of Dean over the disingenous lecturing by Republican heckler Dale Ungerer that Dean should "love your neighbor" (ie, Bush) rather than criticizing the President. They provide the full transcript of Dean's remarks, from the CSPAN video:

"George Bush is not my neighbor. George Bush has done more to harm this community right here with unfunded mandates, standing up for corporations that have taken over farmers lands that have made it impossible for people to make a living.

Sending our kids to Iraq without telling us the truth first about why they went.

Think of seniors struggling to pay for their medications, and 400 billion dollars of our taxes goes to help them but most of it goes to the drug companies and insurance companies

Think of farmers struggling to stay on their farms and the president stops legislation that would ban packer ownership of farms so that small farmers could make a living again.

Think of school boards struggling to keep adequate programs in their schools and finding out they have to raise local taxes and cut programs because 'No Child Left Behind' has cut funding.

The president is always my president, but he is not my neighbor if he takes 500,000 children off their health insurance and leaves them with nothing.

The president is not my neighbor if he takes 84,000 high school and college students off their PELL grants and makes it tougher for them to go to college.

I don't think that's being a good neighbor to ordinary working people."

"I love my neighbor, but I want that neighbor back in Crawford, Texas, where he belongs."

Don't miss the analysis, from a Christian perspective, of why Dean's response to Ungerer demonstrated a better understanding of the concept of the Good Samaritan than most of his religious-right Christian critics.


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